• Hong Kong Green Building Week 2016

    6 September 2016

    (31 August 2016, Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Green Building Week (HKGBW) has been a well-received campaign since its launch in 2013. This year, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) again co-organisedthe HKGBW to boost public awareness of the development of green buildings and construction, as well as the green lifestyle. The Launching Ceremony of HKGBW 2016 was held at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui.

    The fourth year of the campaign saw continuous support from the Environment Bureau and participation from a number of NGOs, social enterprises, corporations and organisations, with a series of exciting events taking place from 31 August to 17 September. At today’s Launching Ceremony, the officiating guests Mr WONG Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Sr CHAN Ka-kui, BBS, JP, Chairman of the CIC, and Mr CHEUNG Hau-wai, SBS, Chairman of the HKGBC together encouraged the public to join the HKGBW 2016.


    The HKGBW is fully funded by the CIC. Chairman Sr CHAN Ka-kui, BBS, JP said today, “This is already the fourth consecutive year that the CIC works with the HKGBC in organising the HKGBW. We wish to boost the public awareness and engagement in the green building development through this campaign. The CIC is committed to minimising the industry’s impact on the environment and enhancing our competence so as to improve the environment of Hong Kong in general. Besides joining hands with the HKGBC to promote green building, we are devoting significant resources to the operation of the Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) at Kowloon Bay. ZCB shows how the public can adopt a zero-carbon lifestyle, and we welcome everyone to visit and experience.”

    Mr CHEUNG Hau-wai, SBS, Chairman of the HKGBC, hopes that more people will adopt a green lifestyle. He said, “The Hong Kong green building assessment tool BEAM Plus was launched in 2010. By the end of 2014, the estimated annual electricity saving of the assessed buildings is around 240 million kWh. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 51,000 households. A total 166,000 tonnes of carbon emission is avoided. The impact equals planting 7.4 million trees. It is a major step to mitigate climate change. The participation of the public is important. I urge everyone to continue to support the green movement and HKGBW, and start to live a greener life.”

    The five major programmes of HKGBW 2016 are: the Video Idea Contest, Mini LegCo and Youth Forum, Biz-Green Dress Day, Green Building Ideas Pitch and an online campaign with a series of games and green living messages. Among them, the Video Idea Contest is a brand-new programme that aims to gather creative ideas from the new generation on how to put green building concepts into practice. The winners were awarded during the Launching Ceremony today. The winning idea from Mr CHEANG Chi-hang is to mimic that there are technicians working inside appliances such as air-conditioners. They are forced to work overtime when users forget to turn off the appliances. To save them from exhaustion, users simply need to turn off the switch. The idea demonstrates how simple it is to practice green in everyday life.

    This idea has been adopted in the HKGBW 2016 videos with the support of internet celebrities. The videos are broadcast in mass media channels and social media platforms to promote green building and sustainable lifestyle. The YouTube video can be viewed at (Cantonese version only):

    Another programme of HKGBW, the Biz-Green Dress Day on 14 September, encourages office workers to dress lighter and turn the thermostat up to save energy. It has already received support from over 100 corporations and organisations. The HKGBW mascot GB Buddy (綠築仔) and the popular character from the Environment Bureau Big Waster (大嘥鬼) will show up at two commercial areas to promote the Biz-Green concept. Office workers are welcome to take selfies with the mascots and upload their photos to social media channels to get a prize. Details are as follows:


    • 12:00pm — 2:30pm      Taikoo Place
    • 5:00pm — 7:00pm        Pedestrian area outside Hang Lung Centre, Causeway Bay


    Appendix: Hong Kong Green Building Week 2016 Programmes




    Video Idea Contest

    Video Idea Contest

    April — May

    Launch of promotional video and radio clips

    Starting mid-August

    Every year, the HKGBW produces a TV promotional video to raise the awareness of local green building development and green lifestyle. Partnered with internet celebrities this year, the Video Idea Contest gathered creative ideas from the public. The winning idea has been adopted in the HKGBW 2016 video and radio clips, which have been broadcast through mass media channels and Youtube starting from mid-August.
    Mini LegCo & Youth Forum

    10 September

    Now in its fourth edition, Mini LegCo and Youth Forum targets all secondary school students in Hong Kong. The participating students honed their team spirit, public speaking skills and knowledge in green building during the workshops in the summer vacation. On 10 September, the students will gather at the LegCo Complex and play the roles of LegCo President, LegCo Members and Government Officials at a mock LegCo motion debate about a sustainability issue. This will be followed by a “Dialogue with the Secretary” session in which the students will meet Mr WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, for further interaction.

    Biz-Green Dress Day

    14 September

    Biz-Green Dress Day encourages office workers to dress lighter and turn the thermostat up to save energy in office buildings. On that day, the HKGBW mascot GB Buddy (綠築仔) and Big Waster (大嘥鬼) will show up at Taikoo Place and Causeway Bay to promote the Biz-Green concept.
    Green Building Ideas Pitch – Pitching Event

    17 September

    Entering its third edition, the programme has attracted a number of good ideas to build a greener Hong Kong. This two-month business incubation programme invited green building professionals, entrepreneurs and social enterprise thought leaders to guide the participants throughout the programme, helping them develop business acumen, unleash their creativity and formulate feasible green business plans.


    Online campaign: games & promotion

    July to September

    In this summer, HKGBW 2016 is launching a series of interesting green living messages and two online games to promote the green building concept among the public and community.


    About Hong Kong Green Building Week 2016 (HKGBW 2016)

    Jointly organised by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC), the Hong Kong Green Building Week 2016 will be held from 31 August to 17 September 2016. Through a series of programmes, HKGBW 2016 encourages the public to live a greener life and understand more about local green building development. The programmes are:

    • Video Idea Contest
    • Mini LegCo and Youth Forum
    • Green Building Ideas Pitch
    • Biz-Green Dress Day
    • Online campaign: games and promotion

    To learn more about HKGBW 2016, please visit:

    Website of HKGBW 2016:

    Facebook page of HKGBC:






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